Thursday, June 7, 2018

COYER: Big Summer Birthday Bash (Jun 9 - Aug 31 2018)


The Basics


Let’s start with the basic rules as always, and then we’ll get to the fun Birthday Goodies!

  • The challenge begins June 9th (which happens to Berls’s Birthday!!) at 12am EST and ends August 31st at 11:59pm EST. The review linky and giveaway widgets will remain open until September 1st, 11:59 PM EST.
  • You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and July 9th on blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google+, etc indicating your clean up goal. Link your sign-up to the linky over on the official signup page.
  • It’s Summer and you know what that means! Anything you read goes! It can be any format, any price, obtained from any LEGAL location. Library? Yep! Borrowed? Yep! KU? Yep? $500? Yep (but are you crazy?)!
  • Link your reviews to the linky that will be provided on the Kick-off Post.
  • There will be two grand prize winners – $10 gift card – one for the linky review list and one for Birthday Bash Goodies.

Those are the basics, and if that’s all you do, you’ll be fine! But you know us, we have to throw in more fun than that! See below for all the Birthday Bash Goodies!


For more information go see the original post

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I will be updating this entry as I finalize my decisions.

I will be participating in...


Goody #1 

Declare your goal!

My goal is to Lightly Clean (1 - 10 books) with a stretch goal of Spring Clean (11 - 20 books).

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Goody #3

Read-A-Thons
  1. Fairy Tales with a Twist: Read fairy tale re-tellings and give those childhood favorites a twist! Read-a-thon runs Sunday June 17th 12am EST to Saturday June 23rd 11:59pm EST
  2. Christmas in July!: Read Holiday themed books. Read-a-thon runs Sunday July 15th 12am EST to Saturday July 21st 11:59pm EST
  3. Dusting Off The Shelves: Read the oldest books in your physical or e-library. They have to have sat on your shelf for at least 1 year. Read-a-thon runs Sunday July 29th 12am EST to Saturday August 4th 11:59pm EST
  4. Scary Stories by the Campfire!: Read about ghosts, goblins, and any other horror/thriller that would make for a scary campfire tale!Read-a-thon runs Sunday August 5th 12am EST to Saturday August 11th 11:59pm EST
  5. Short and Sweet!: Fill your final days not with Novels but with Novellas! Read-a-thon runs Sunday August 26th 12am EST to Friday August 31st 11:59pm EST
I plan on doing at least one, but I need to go through my books and see what will fit into what category. (Lists forthcoming! - 6/7)

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Goody #4 

Participate in one or all of the mini-challenges!

I'm going to try, but I'm not sure what they are yet!

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Goody #5

Participate in the mini-scavenger hunt Sunday August 12th 12am EST to Saturday August 25th 11:59pm EST

According to the facebook group, this is actually *all* COYER long. I probably won't be able to do the whole list, but maybe I can knock some off!

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Goody #6

Participate in the Social Media Games on Facebook, the August Instagram Challenge (Sunday July 29th), and/or our Twitter Parties.

Facebook Games and Insta-Challenge.

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Goody #8


Survive Hurricane Berls Wednesday July 25th – Saturday July 28th. Read ONLY eBooks, $1 or less, purchased before June 9th! (not borrowed, but ARCs are ok)

I was going to skip this one since the books have to be in your possession before June 9th. (I have some library books I have been on hold for MONTHS. Not giving those up!) However... it's only 4 days and the library books won't be going anywhere during that short amount of time.

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Goody #9

Make a list of 15 books and read a least 10 of them!

This can be a little tricky because I am a mood reader. I'm pretty much just pulling from my library books and netgalley. Hopefully, I'll get it done!

In no particular order...
- Dorothy Must Die
- Dread Nation
- The Year of Less
- The Other Woman
- Baby Teeth
- Bring Me Back
- Providence
- Shelter
- Autonomous
- Terminal Alliance
- Artemis
- The Great Alone
- Sky in the Deep
- Furyborn
- Dawn in Damnation

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Goody #10

Join us for the Switch Sunday. Pick your order for the Strict, The List, and The Twist…

The One with the Twist
Sunday June 24th – Saturday June 30th
You can read ANY book. ANY price. Obtained any LEGAL way.
The Twist is, you have to stick with one format. If you choose audiobooks, then only the audiobooks you read during this phase will count toward the TWIST. If you choose eBooks, then only eBooks you read during this phase will count. ETC….

The List
Sunday July 1 – Saturday July 7th
Make a list of up to 15 books you want to read.
Every book on the list must be in your possession BEFORE you put them on the list. Books on the list can be any format, any price, obtained any LEGAL way… so that means library books, KU, borrowed, etc.

(Possibly reusing Goody #9's list. It's a ways off, so I may need to fill the gaps in a bit.)

The Strict
Sunday July 8th – Saturday July 14th
Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
Every book must be either free or less than $5.
No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.

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Bonus Personal Challenge (not official COYER stuff)


In the spirit of COYER, I will not be requesting library or netgalley books, adding books to ereaderIQ, or purchasing any books (not already in my ereaderIQ wishlist).

Requests and books added prior to June 9th are still in play. I have a few library books I have been in line for months. Not giving those up.

...

Just for the duration of the challenge.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Post #6

hosted by Kimberly @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The Sunday Post is a chance to share news. (Blog related or not.)
Click above for more information and more posts!
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A Week in the Life

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So a lot is happening, but at the same time not right now. It's weird.

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So, I know this is late, but the GDRP stuff has me scared.
I don't have ads on my blog (I don't have enough views), but I do have affiliate links. I do make a point to label them clearly, but is that enough?

I have been frantically searching for a "dummies" version so I can double check.

Supposedly Google is on top of this (since I use blogger), but we have to check it ourselves.

Thus far it appears to be working, but my VPN is not being helpful with France. It keeps sending me to the Canadian site.
????????????

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I really want to make a monthly rant meme where I can rant about anything - bookish or not. Thinking of calling it something like STFU Tuesday (or Thursday). I've had the idea for a while, but I feel like it could get out of control easily.
I have been prone to getting my rant on.

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I wish I had a place to go to for parenting issues.
I can not get into here. Just wish there was a place to go. I'm at my wit's end right now.

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Playing

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7 Days to Die

Okay, okay. I am not playing it. 
My husband is and I watch him. 
The simplest explanation is (again) that's it's minecraft crossed with zombie survival.

(Okay, technically minecraft has zombies, but they only come out at night and you have the option to turn combat off.) 

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Posts This Week 

(and the week before)

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Anticipated Posts for Next Week

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  • My Favorite .. 
  • Book Blogger Hop
  • Book Review

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Sunday Post #5

hosted by Kimberly @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer

The Sunday Post is a chance to share news. (Blog related or not.)
Click above for more information and more posts!
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A Week in the Life

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It's the end of the school year so things are SUPER BUSY right now. D:
Last week I didn't do a Sunday Post because I was lazy and didn't work on the post as the week went on. Oops.

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Mother's day was nice. It was a little boring, but nice.
I got two cards, 2 picture frames, and a new ereader with a skin.


The skin is from this artwork by Aimee Stewart.
Unfortunately, she does not have a good picture of this piece on her site, so I linked to DecalGirl. The back of the ereader actually has a better view of it!

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Took my daughter to the Orthodontist. O_O
It was not as terrible as I thought it might be. It was just a consultation and completely free.
I am already liking it more than a regular dentist because they are completely transparent with the costs. We don't get charged for extra appointments or anything. What we agree to pay is what it costs for anything related to this thing. She goes in for the beginning of "phase 1" on Monday.

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The internet went out Thursday and didn't come back for a solid 24 hours. You would think I would get more stuff done, but I stream for background noise! D:

I did get a new reader, but while it did have some things on it. It didn't have a lot. ^^; Still found something to read, but I'm used to hundreds of choices. Not less than 10.
In hindsight, I could have just used the old one. 🤦

So my reliance on the internet may need some tuning.

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The fridge broke last week! I had to throw out half the food. It was caught early enough that it wasn't a huge issue, but I had an open bag of frozen chicken that leaked "juice" everywhere. There was no way I was saving anything that touched. Luckily, we had enough to cover the loss of food. The apartment complex replaced the fridge (yay!). Although it opens on the left instead of the right. This actually works better with the kitchen layout and it only confused me for a couple of days.

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My daughter's Drama Club performance finally happened so now she only has one more club meeting (a cast party). They did The Tempest (for kids). I am not really familiar with the Tempest, but it was kind of cute.

My daughter complained for months that she doesn't want to do drama next year because she had only a couple of lines.
We saw the play. She was the Boatswain and she was the main speaker for the first 5 minutes of the play. She had several lines, she just wasn't the main focus. O_O

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Currently waiting on the school to release the school supply list! They usually release it before school ends. We have to supply the books so I want to try and order from Thriftbooks this time. I could have done it last year, but I waited too long to get them here guaranteed by the time school started. (oops) This year, I'm poised and waiting. Unfortunately, they change the books around a lot so I can't go based on last year.

I actually love what they pick out at this school so I'm excited to find out what the list is.

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Almost forgot...
Went and paid someone to cut my hair, then dyed it myself.
(Quitting my job means I can dye my hair whatever color I choose)

I really need to learn how to take good selfies.



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Playing

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If you haven't played or heard of this one, a loose description of it is "2d minecraft", but it's really a lot more than that.
It's my go to for when I really stressed out. I have been having problems really focusing and something about this game allows me to actually just concentrate on it.
My husband will sit and watch me play AND ask questions. Trying to get him to play with me since you can do multiplayer, but he won't. 

(Not hating on minecraft by any means. I like that game as well, but the first person perspective just makes me nauseous and gives me headaches.)

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Posts This Week 

(and the week before)

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Anticipated Posts for Next Week

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  • My Favorite .. 
  • Book Blogger Hop
  • Book Review

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold [review]

This post contains affiliate links.


Summary (from goodreads):
The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
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Edition Read: overdrive ebook

Where to buy: kobo*, google play, amazon*, nook*, book depository*, thriftbooks*

Thoughts:
This one had me intrigued. It's a suspenseful mystery book... without any suspense or mystery.
By the end of the first chapter, you know what happened and who did it.

There are quite a few dull spots that meander without much purpose.

The heaven concept is unique. I wish we got to spend a little more time there.

I appreciate the ending, but it left me a little disappointed. Then again, this is not really a mystery/suspense book.

Verdict:

A solid read and an interesting experience. A little boring here and there. The ending was okay, but a little unsatisfying... like life sometimes. (Maybe that was the point?)

*This is an affiliate link

Friday, May 18, 2018

[meme] Book Blogger Hop: May 18th - 24th



What were your worst movies based off of books? Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog
I'm actually fairly forgiving about screen adaptations, but off the top of my head...

The Giver was pretty bad. It's not a terrible movie, but it's not a good one. It just does not do justice to the depth of the book.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My Favorite .. Art



My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.


This week's topic: Art

I'm not really a bit "art" person. Not that I don't like or appreciate it, but I'm certainly not someone you can walk up to and discuss how you liked a particular piece or do I know this new person who is still alive sort of thing.

It's like music. I like what I like and I know it when I see it.
The rest is just relative.

Off the top of my head, my favorite art are these random mirrors I came across in a thrift store.


The two on the right. Although, the art on the purse is cute.

Normally, I don't do the whole link to the original sized picture, but the thumbnail here does NOT do these mirrors justice.

I almost didn't buy them because there were only two and they are clearly part of a set (Summer and Autumn, lol).
After some research I have found that they are prints from artwork by Alphonse Mucha.
(You can find the full set here.)

All of his artwork is really stunning.